On Tuesday last week two metallic starlings arrived in the nursery. By Thursday there was a flock of a hundred very hungry birds. It’s so good to see them back. As nature arranges, the macaranga are in fruit and the trees vibrate as the birds feed from inside the dense foliage. Saturday the metallic starlings were showing signs of courtship. Male song imitating canaries and budgerigars, or at least that what it sounded like to me. The female with head bent tweeting.
The algal bloom is still coming in the Johnstone River on every tide change.
Also arriving last week the game fishing boats. Only a few boats are observing the speed limit in the river. For the rest its full speed ahead with little regard for anyone in a dingy or for the damage the wash is doing.
Before the game boats stirred up the mud the river was clear. Fish boils in the shallows and the egrets filling up with little effort.
Couple of crocodile slides on the beach early Saturday morning. One of the cassowaries has walked across the slide, possibly disturbing them. The cassowaries walk the beach every day.
The matriarch cassowary Jessie has been at the feed stations several times a day. She hangs about in the mangroves as if she is waiting. Or at least I am hoping that she is waiting for Dad 4 to show up with her chicks. The other cassowaries have to be quick to the feed stations as Jessie eats most of the food if she is there first.
Saw another pink-tongued skink this week. It was about 20cm, had a blue tongue and a white snout. The same as the large 50cm skink I saw a few weeks ago.
I am concerned for the skinks and ground birds with a feral cat wandering around the nursery this weekend. Will get a cat-cage from the Council pound next week.
Cheers from the dunny seat at Coquette Point,